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Mar 23, 2013 1:00pm PDT
, 2004, newly elected san francisco mayor gavin newsom, boldly, some said recklessly orders to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples. >> we reignited a fundamental debate. >> scott: outside city hall, gays and lesbians lines up around the block. about 4,000 couples tied the knot. it was not to last. at the urging of then governor schwarzenegger, the supreme court stopped the marriages. over the years, it snaked its way through the judicial system. in 2008, ruling banning gay unions violated the state constitution. it cannot be denied based on it. >> so goes the rest of the nation. it's inevitable. this door's wide open now. it's going to happen. whether you like it or not. >> scott: the ruling triggered a wave of joyful weddings this time across the state. including the celebrated union of two long time lesbian activists together since the 1950s. it infuriated millions for proposition 8 to amend the california constitution and restore marriage to opposite-sex couples only. on the same night californians voted barack obama in office, they ovgot this vote back. >> they created th
Mar 2, 2013 1:30am PST
markets in some parts of san francisco, like pacific heights, they are actually above their peak values. these are places where the median home prices may be $3 million and now it's $3.5 million. the reason is deep pocketed people from tech industry. newly minted millionaires who they also have a lot of cash to spend and they want to be near silicon valley or near the buses to google or in the premiere parts in san francisco. >> is the new home construction business getting better, or are we still talking about mostly about existing homes in the competition? >> at the moment it's a little more existing homes. the bay area is constrained, especially san francisco and the closer in counties has always been there just isn't that much land to build. new home construction is slowly ramping up. that's hugely important for the economy because during the downturn, 2 million construction workers nationwide lost their jobs and those were good paying union jobs for skilled tradespeople. most of them did not get back to work in construction jobs. so, you know, it would really make a huge economic d
Mar 16, 2013 1:30am PDT
continue to serve. >> speaking of students, who gets hurt if a place like san francisco city college closes? >> the students. they have to contact the other bay area community colleges and figure out how to transfer them to make sure the students can continue their education and continue to learn. >> and students are unhappy. faculty is unhappy. what are the recommendations they are making and why does the college resist implementing them? >> they are not now. they did previously. now they have embraced them. the college administration and the leaders have. a lot of students and faculty have. >> they feel they have done enough? will there be more pain still to come? is that what the protests are about? >> the protests are about that. there is a huge faction of the community college of students and faculty that don't want to see changes. they like city college the way it is and it serves so many people in so many aspects. they don't like the changes that are happening because of these recommendations. these recommendations are looking at governance and finances and structure. those ha
Mar 22, 2013 7:30pm PDT
court. this past valentine's day, gay couples demanded marriage licenses at san francisco city hall as they have every year since 2004. they were turned away. >> it affects us in so many ways in our every day life. what we want is to be treated fairly. >> scott: i spoke with lieutenant governor gavin newsom recently about what compelled him to take a leading role in the gay marriage debate nine years ago. >> thanks for having me. >> scott: take us back to 2004. the marriage licenses began to be issued in san francisco. you had just gotten into office. what got into you? >> i went to the state of the union. nancy pelosi made a terrible mistake by giving me her husband's ticket to watch the state of the union. i was listening to the issues of the day. abstinence and drug testing. he would fulfill his private commitments now made public to ban same-sex marriage. it occurred to me at that moment that we had to respond as mayor of san francisco, it was an obligation. >> scott: you just decided, i think it was a thursday or friday and people started lining up. it seems to have come on sudden
Mar 9, 2013 1:30am PST
come down, wash out the road, and by the 1960s, early '60s, san francisco developers proposed building tens of thousands of new housing units on the hills behind pacifica, the hills behind the little towns along the san mateo coast. caltrans in 1960 drew up a plan for a six-lane freeway that would have gone right up over the top of the mountain, pacifica, to the airport at half moon bay. environmentalists started fighting. got it slowed down in a lawsuit in 1962 then jerry brown became governor and sort of stopped the project. it was stopped for a while. in the '80s, cranked it right back up again. as many folks may remember, the sierra club community for green foothills and others, in 1996, they finally won this battle with a measure they put on the ballot in san mateo county. measure "t" for tunnel they used to say. it passed 74% to 26%. it took a while to get the money. you know, this project is oneouf the major environmental victories in the last 50 years on the northern california coast. >> they've made it a real environmental project. so the walls on the outside, they actually to
Mar 16, 2013 12:30am PDT
keep accreditation. san francisco symphony fight over salary or benefits. >> we go on stage and we're judged. >> california's top judge calls on lawmakers to restore money to a court system crippled by budget cuts. >> i worry that california is on the wrong side. >> and a photo exhibition offers an inside look at the impact of war on the iraqi citizens as the iraq war's tenth anniversary approach approaches. >>> good evening. i'm scott shaffer from kqed magazine. welcome to "this week in northern california." we begin with news in the week. joining me is josh richman, bay area news group and cy musiker and then andrea koskey. today, an important deadline for city college of san francisco to submit its plan to keep accreditation. last year, the accrediting commission gave the embattled community college 14 conversi controversial reforms and people rallied to keep college affordable. andrea, does this report go part of the way toward satisfying their demands? >> well, yes, it was about 290 pages that the administration turned in today. >> i haven't read it yet. >> as i read parts of it,
Mar 2, 2013 12:30am PST
news panel are carolyn said, "san francisco chronicle" reporter. jolie o'dell, venturebeat reporter. and andrew ross, "san francisco chronicle" columnist. earlier this evening president obama signed an order triggering automatic cuts in federal spending. this is because congress and the president failed to reach a deficit reduction deal. andrew, let's begin with you. how is california affected specifically? >> of all the states, california is affected in dollar terms the most. something like $3 billion to $4 billion this year out of total, at least, of an $85 billion first-year cut. the military is taking the biggest cut. california has a major military presence. mostly in southern california, but also, of course, in northern california around sacramento, and around monterey. that's going to be hit really hard, too. $87 million worth at least of education cuts, which means secondary education, some primary education, plus head-start, plus special education, there are all sorts of cuts coming through. will it affect the overall recovery in california? i think, perhaps, not so much, b
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